The economic meltdown has forced many business around the country to shut their doors and Philadelphia is no exception. Luckily, for South Street and art enthusiasts, real estate developers Howard Lander and Steve Giannascoli of Triad Reality are offering use of their empty properties to reestablish South Street as a creative mecca. The first five galleries will be operating before Easter with plans to begin a preview opening on Good Friday, followed by monthly Fourth Friday events.
The current movement is reflective of the original South Street Renaissance in the 60s. Pioneers, Julia Zagar of Eyes Gallery and Bill Curry of Copabanana are mentoring the new art collective movement with help from their staffs and businesses. Bill Curry reflected, "We were lucky to be part of the creative excitement back in the day. Now a new generation has a chance to create new memories as great as ours."
These endeavors are not only meant to inspire but also spur new business entities. The current plan allows the artists to renew their leases under negotiations. Initially, they will be pro-bona and good for two months with month-to-month renewals.